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Hi I'm Lee

I'm an adventurer and traveler. I've lived in the Holy Land and the New Mexico wilderness. I'm a missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a perennially optimistic college student, being graded to study languages, paid to handle rare books, and pursuing a career that will get me in the mountains. I love being with my horses and my dog, hiking, camping, backpacking, and working with kids and youth. In fact, I spend every summer living in the mountains of New Mexico, being paid to backpack, work with teenagers and animals, oh, and, go without plumbing or electricity. I enjoy sitting down at my piano, teaching myself the mandolin and guitar, or traveling across the western U.S. with my family and adventuring along the way. My family consists of my mom, dad, little sister, me, and currently, one new Australian Shepherd puppy, as well as our Appaloosa and our Quarter Horse. I'm pretty lucky to have the family I have, and love to share my interests, stories, joys, and woes with them. Our family wouldn't be who we are today without the blessing of adoption, and I am so grateful for it. Even though I face the same uncertainties about my future that almost any other American college student faces, I stay optimistic and courageous as I make decisions because I know that my Father in Heaven has a plan for my life, a plan that will bring me more happiness than I could design for myself, and I know that as I follow Him, He will guide me on that path.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I find more joy in following the teachings of Christ's gospel as restored through Joseph Smith than I've found in any other way. I believe in a God who would provide a way for families to be together forever, a God who makes it possible for all His children to be saved, even those who died without a knowledge of their Savior and Redeemer; a God who is our Father in every sense of the word. I know that my Father in Heaven lives, and loves me. He is an awesome and powerful God. He sent His son to earth to atone for the sins of the rest of His children. Christ came to earth, walked this earth as a man, went about doing good, working miracles, and teaching the gospel and his divinity. He took upon himself the sins of the world, and died for each one of us on the cross, so that the way may be prepared that we could return to be with him. Christ loved us so much, as a mass and as individuals, that he was willing to shoulder our burdens and our sins. He paid the price for us so dearly, how can I not follow him and be his servant?

How I live my faith

Every Sunday, I take the opportunity to attend my church meetings and worship with other unmarried members in my local student congregation. Taking time to unite with other Christians and college students who share my beliefs brings me peace, focus, and strength. Each week I get to teach the Sunday lesson in our women's organization. These lessons focus on teachings of past presidents of the LDS church, and give great counsel on how to better understand principles such as repentance or compassion. I love the chance to lead discussion as bright young women teach each other how better to come unto Christ. Currently I have chosen to leave behind my friends, family, and school and career pursuits for 18 months and am serving as a full-time missionary in Nicaragua. I spend my time sharing the joy I've found in the gospel with others.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Just like the Bible, the Book of Mormon was written by various prophets who taught of Christ and his mission and doctrine. These prophets lived in the American continent at the same time as biblical prophets, and were descended from the prophet Lehi, a contemporary of Jeremiah, who followed God's commandment to him and fled Jerusalem with his family just before the Babylonians conquered the city. The Book of Mormon is a record of their people and their teachings, and provides a second witness of Jesus Christ. As promised in the introduction to the book, as well as in its last chapter, any who read the book and pray about it with real intent can receive a witness of its truth. Show more Show less